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Quick look at the Sony VAIO Tab 20 Windows 8 table-top PC

Sony 20 Tab

Sony went big at IFA 2012 yesterday by unveiling a 20" Windows 8 table-top PC, which (when laid on a flat surface) looks something like a battle overview screen from Star Wars. The device is set to sport an Intel i7, i5 or i3 processor, accompanied by a maximum of 8GB RAM, 750GB or 1TB HDD, USB 3.0, SD card slot, HD webcam and Intel HD 4000 graphics. Powering Windows 8, the Sony VAIO Tab 20 will definitely turn heads.

Our team on the floor at IFA in Berlin managed to take a minute to look more closely at the Sony VAIO Tab 20, which can be seen in the video. Be sure to take a gander and see just how large this portable device is - remember it features a built-in, rechargeable battery but does weigh in at 11 pounds. The stand is visible in the short clip to reveal just how the table-top PC can be used as both a tablet or as a desktop.

Stay tuned for more action from IFA 2012!

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Quick look at the Sony VAIO Tab 20 Windows 8 table-top PC

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I thought I knew what tablet I wanted when the Surface was introduced. Now im torn, I wish I could buy them all. Specially the Sony VAIO 11. and the Ativ or this family Tab would look so awesome in my living room. ....agghhh (Pulling my hair out)

I guess this would be the ultimate "sitting on the couch" tablet... But hey, am I the only one waiting for a 7in Windows 8 tablet? So many in the 10in range but I have yet to hear anything about a 7in :(

Lumia Tablet maybe? LOL

Ok, I love the concept of this device.  I think this would be great for parties.  However, will it be party proof (as in spill proof).  I could see some great adult drinking game apps, trivial pursuit type board games utilizing this device.  Essentially a mobile PixelSense device.  Great idea.

Looks great as a desktop replacement, although needs an SSD drive. If the HDD is replaceable and it has wacom tech built in, I would buy this.

It doubt it will be as clean as the Surface. Think bloat ware.
That is why I am not getting a Samsung. They are proud of the way they can create lag.

Does open apps "reset" if you go to start and launch the app again from the tile (like on WP), instead of using the swipe from left history feature?
 
Personally Im not that fond of the history feature, flicking through apps will get old pretty fast I think, will be faster to go straight to Start and pick what I want from there. But if that will reset the session then Im screwed. :/

You have three options: swiping in the apps (like you said), bringing up the most recent apps bar by swiping in then making a U turn back to the bessel (this brings up the apps bar like what happens when you move to the top/bottom left corner with a keyboard mouse), or you could go back to Start as that does not reset the apps.

Interesting that the demo dude seems to struggle to use the Windows 8 UI - he brings up the desktop and then tries to swipe something in from the left but nothing happens, I guess because no metro apps are running.

I think I missed something. Did I miss what type of HDD?  With 750GB to 1GB, I'm guessing it is NOT SDD.  Spindles on a tablet ... even an 11lbs one seems kind of silly? Or not?

They only create problems
such as bad battery life and the computer getting seriously hot. The hd4000 plays most of the games just like a discrete graphics would. Not a high end one, but it does an awesome job.